Psychotherapists and Counsellors Answer your Questions

Select a question from the dropdown:

Select location:

  • Johanna Waugh
    It was actually my therapist that mentioned to me that I would make a good therapist, since I have the ability to understand people and empathise with them. I am also easy to talk to and approach....
  • Astrid de Ruiter
    I was born in the Netherlands and migrated to Australia in my late thirties. I have always had a strong drive to understand the world, and to contribute something meaningful to that world. At the tender age of 19, I did not quite realize that my real curiosity was People and Life, and I therefor did a Master in Applied Physics, with a minor in environmental science. I initially worked in the field of photo voltaic solar energy, as a consultant and policy maker. In my early thirties, my body went on strike (I developed such severe...
  • Debby Heath
    I want to be of service and know that counselling and psychotherapy can support profound growth and healing that has a 'ripple effect' in the world. I believe this work is a 'calling' more than a job and I feel grateful to be able to be of service in this way....
  • Elle Stube
    My enquiry into the human experience has been the central theme around which my life has revolved. It has resulted in a very rich journey, during which I have explored being human through many lenses. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I trained in and worked as a hotelier; performing artist; a radio broadcaster; a freelance writer; and as a social change communications expert. I was fortunate to experience a plethora of jobs, titles, roles and professional development both in Australia and abroad. During that time, I was...
  • Julian Cerreto
    Psychotherapy is as much a vocation as a profession, and so my development as a therapist goes back as far as I can remember. I became a mental health professional after studying community services. I was very interested in social justice, being part of campaigns for refugee rights and other similar causes. My aim then was to help very disadvantaged people and to work against systemic oppression. My personal and professional experiences during this time convinced me of the value of turning inwards. These experiences included...
  • Stefanie Marris
    I have always been fascinated by people and why they do the things they do! Even after studying psychology and sociology 20 plus years ago I would find myself drawn to books and training that was people related. It took me a while to get around to actually work as a counsellor but I am thrilled to have finally ended up on this path. It is really rewarding to work with people to help them to understand themselves see them make positive changes for lives....
  • Judy Christian
    I originally (back in the 70s) studied Social Work, but then returned a couple of years later to study Psychology. I have always enjoyed helping people to solve problems and improve their life, and it's great to see people learning to be more proactive and managing issues in their life more effectively. I still really enjoy my job and hope to continue for several more years!...
  • Dalit Bar
    I am passionate about working with people to achieve meanings in their life and helping make positive changes. ...
  • Matt Dale
    As a Psychologist I am driven by the desire to help individuals navigate their way through complex human challenges. I chose psychology as a profession because of my passion to learn more about the impact of human emotions, listen and guide others with the insights I have gained over the last twenty years. But most importantly, I chose psychology because I wanted to help people to make real, practical and applicable change in their everyday lives....
  • Christopher Basten
    I have always had an interest in the human condition - what it means to think and feel. This extended to wanting to understand why some people think and feel differently ina way that causes them pain....
  • Michele Watson
    I believe in people's potential and knew I wanted to help people. I studied psychology at university and then went looking for something more meaningful to me and that's when I enrolled in the transpersonal counselling diploma. I started working with a psychotherapist and through my relationship with her and looking at my dreams I learnt about Jung, dreams and the process of Individuation....
  • Melis Topsahin
    I have always had a natural pull towards assisting individuals around me throughout various situations. Now, actually having the skills and tools to be able to assist others, has given me a true purpose and yet again confirmed that this is the path I have always been destined for. Practicing as a counsellor has allowed me to assist individuals to find their unique path and achieve their short and long term goals in life. There is no end to education and learning. My primary goal as a therapist, is to assist clients as best I can....
  • Clara Luxford
    I have always had a deep interest in who we are as human beings and how we live our lives, how we see ourselves in each of our worlds and how we present ourselves to others. This fascination lead me to study psychology at Sydney University. After a year I realised this subject could not (for me) fully account for the nuances in human nature. I switched to Italian language and literature. In the post graduate world I ambled through several degrees until I came upon psychotherapy. It was here I found more meaningful ways to talk about...
  • Sarah Kane Lawson
    I have always reached out to those around me in need of help. In my 20s I realized I myself needed help and this was the start of a wonderful journey of self-discovery and healing. I now look back on this with deep gratitude and feel called to help you as I have been. I believe that exploring and uncovering what is really going on for someone and helping them discovering the true wonder of themselves is precious. I feel blessed to work with people in this way. Everyone deserves to feel inner peace and a sense of completeness...
  • Arna Stewart
    I have always been a curious observer of others so psychology made sense because it is a study of human experience and behaviour. Becoming a psychologist and counsellor has been a natural and enjoyable progression for me. ...
  • Rachel Troia
    The quest to understand myself more and love myself more. I am inspired to help others do the same....
  • Tanya Robinson
    My experiences and childhood in Africa shaped my passion to help others and to work in the helping profession. I am an African-Australian mental health entrepreneurial woman. I aspire to take on every day with Passion, focussing on how to facilitate a sense of humble Humanity amongst people, and provide a sense of heritage in teaching “Ubuntu” (A person is a person through other people. I am because you are.) I promote a message of empowerment to promote dignity. I have worked in some of the most perilous communities in...
  • Anugrah Bhagwat
    I find the internal worlds' of people beautiful and fascinating and so since I was a teenager I was always curious to learn and understand as much as I could about human behaviour. I just knew in my heart what I wanted to be! ...
  • Penelope Lovegrove
    I wanted to be a psychologist since high-school always having a strong desire to help those under emotional and mental distress. I completed the undergraduate training in psychology however the Government at the time removed student loans which meant I could not afford to do post-graduate training at that time. I became a social worker and begun my career as a counselor however I always wanted the further training in treating more significant mental health issues. With the increase in anxiety and depression I have not regretted this...
  • Sarah Bergman
    I have always been interested in talking with and getting to know people. I am very curious about myself and others. What makes us unhappy and happy? How do our relationships with ourselves and others affect us? From a young teenager I decided that I would work in the field of Social Work and have done so since the mid 1990's. Previously I have worked for RAPT an organisation in conjunction with The Department of Family Services with at risk youth; The Smith Family as an Edu-cate officer working with families; Community Corrections...
  • Alexandra Page
    I grew up with a vision impairment and received support for a number of helping professionals, this I think inspired in me an appreciation for the benefit of helping others. ...
  • Susan Vu
    As a therapist in Thai Massage and Bodywork, I noticed that some of my clients' pain was connected to their emotions. This led me to undertake studies relating to the connection between mind and body from which I came to understand that the root cause of many physical illnesses was emotional and spiritual. I felt it was a matter of integrity to support clients' long term solutions to their pain by addressing the root cause so I moved on to offering Energy Healing sessions and facilitating women’s circles in my family home. My...
  • Trudy Clutterbok
    Art and literature explore what it is to be a human being and some art works and books explore psychoanalysis in particular. Studying counselling and then psychoanalysis was a logical extension of my interest in these themes and practices....
  • Arti Mayan
    When I was a mental health nurse I was initially very curious about how the mind works, but instead of feeding my curiosity I was too busy giving people medications, doing my nurse tasks etc, which were of course part of the job. A lot of the times I found that people relied on medications to solve their problems, because every time they relapsed, medication was the first thing that was assessed and prescribed. But, sometimes they also needed someone compassionate who would talk to them, and listen, because they rarely had that...
  • Margaret Bennett
    I loved my training, working with people and what brought me especially to trauma work was lived experiences as well as rigorous training and deep faith in peoples ability to heal....
  • Michele Stewart
    Difficult childhood experiences and getting 'lost' emotionally in my late teens/ twenties lead to a thirst for understanding what it means to be fully human. Training as a therapist seemed the route that offered to deepen a knowledge of myself and to assist others to embark on a journey inwards as well....
  • Tim Harvey
    I reached a critical time in my life when I was not sure how to carry on. I joined Lifeline as a trainee telephone counsellor, and their training taught me how to listen to others (and myself) with empathy. I became a telephone and face to face counsellor, and went on to train other counsellors and design and facilitate Lifeline's Mens Anger Management groups. Exchanging heartfelt experiences with the men in these groups was fundamental to my decision to become a professional in this area. During this time my new wife and I joined...
  • Nigel Bailey
    I have always been fascinated by human psychology and behaviour. I worked in the creative industry for many years where this was regularly interpreted and applied from a very particular perspective. Increasingly, I found my attention turning towards a more human-centred and empathic interpretation of human needs, in alignment with my sustainable design objectives. From this, direct engagement as a therapist became the logical conclusion. I returned to university as a (very) mature student and have never looked back....
  • Petra Lansdown
    I started my career in Counselling later in life, I have always had a strong interest in psychology and curious about the mind and body and how they both connect. I am passionate about providing support and connection for people who are going through difficult periods in life. Life will always have hardships, by understanding the present and the past gives us insight and this can help us move forward feeling more freer to live a more fulfilling life. We can't choose our past but we can choose the present and our future. ...
  • Hadass Segal
    I have always been interested in the human condition and in relationships and how to enhance them. ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Next »
page 1 of 8
types of therapy

What is good therapy?

Therapists explore the experiential narratives and existential philosophies that underpin their attitudes and approaches to therapy.

Temenos

Temenos

Contributions from writers, artists, philosophers and poets, exploring the questions that help us understand what it means to be human

participate

Participate

Practitioners and Friends are invited to be part of the Good Therapy community... learn more about how you can be involved.

events

Events

Professional and personal development, training workshops, and conferences for psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists